Growing up in Carpentersville Illinois one of my favorite memories was going to the candy store, with a shinny quarter in my pocket I could get a bag filled with candy. That was over forty years ago and things have certainly changed since those days.
The prices from yesterday might be gone but if you look around prices like that can still be found, and one of my favorite places are antique stores and similar outlets. My typical venture into these places is in search of hand tools, it does sometimes require a bit of digging through the different things that tend to collected and pile up. But the hunt is certainly worth the effort when you find that one tool.
Recently I purchased a Victor hand plane from such a place, a tool that had been used through generations and was just sitting there waiting to be used again. In need of a little cleaning up and some maintenance but it was certainly deserving of the few dollars that was being asked for it.
For me a second hand tool brings pride, It's an awareness that you are carrying on the craftsmanship of the craftsman before you, filling your head with thoughts of what amazing things they must have created with the very tool you hold in your hand. It's truly an amazing circle to be a very small part of. Antique stores can be amazing places with great deals to be had, but I believe they are much more then that. They promote a full circle of heritage, the chance for a new generation to not only appreciate the craftsmen before them through the use of their tools, but for them to carry on that craftsmanship creating a new generation of craftsmen.